Most of us are on tight budgets, so when a plumbing problem pops up and it doesn’t fit into the budget. Can I fix most plumbing problems myself? The answer is “Yes.” Most of us can remember our mom saying that you can do anything you put your mind to. That still holds true today. It’s no mystery that we can go online and get a full list of instructions on how to fix just about anything. There are some things we do need to consider: time, experience, safety, and equipment. Another thing that you’ll need to take into consideration is “guarantee.” For example, if you decide to change your garbage disposal and it leaks or fails, you’re stuck, whereas a plumbing company will guarantee their work.
Some Warranties Require A Licensed Plumbing Contractor
Some manufacturers will not warranty their fixture or appliance unless installed by a licensed plumbing contractor. For example, when installing a tankless water heater, the plumbing company themselves have to be certified to complete an installation in addition to being a licensed plumbing contractor. Bradford White storage tank heaters require a licensed plumbing contractor for their water heater installation. Nothing can replace the experience and education of a licensed plumbing contractor.
Consider How Long you will Have Your Fixture or Appliance
Another consideration is the time you will have an appliance or plumbing fixture, so you won’t want something to go wrong down the road. For example, the average faucet in your home will last 15-20 years, and your water heater 10-12 years if it’s tankless 20 years or more. Fixtures like your toilet will last 20-30 years or longer and the garbage disposal, ten years on average. So why not have it installed by an expert plumber?
Every Plumbing Company Has Their D-I-Y Stories That Went Bad
A homeowner or do-it-yourselfer (DIY) should know their limits when diving into a plumbing project. Unfortunately, every plumbing company has their DIY stories that went bad; they usually ended up costing the homeowner more than if they hired a licensed plumber in the first place. However, with that said, some very handy homeowners are very capable of making minor plumbing repairs.
You Can’t Replace A Licensed Plumbing Contractor
In regards to time, most of us have a busy lifestyle. We are active with work, school, and all the activities that go along with having kids. The question is, “Do I sacrifice my time to fix a plumbing problem?” Even something as familiar as a clogged drain requires renting a plumber’s snake and educating yourself enough on how to use it. Safety is a huge factor. With regards to garbage disposals and water heaters, you’ll have to deal with gas and electricity. If you’re installing a gas line, it will require a permit. Your contractor will know the ins and outs of the permitting process. Nothing can replace the experience of a contractor.
What Type Of Repair Can A Homeowner Handle?
A homeowner can handle most clogged drains. A plunger works wonders on most drains, including toilets. Slow-moving sink drains caused by hair and bathroom products a homeowner can clear. A toilet flapper is a common issue with a leaky toilet that your home’s DIYer could fix. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can install your bathroom faucets. Water heater maintenance is something a homeowner can do to extend the life of their water heater, but it will require some initial training. Never try and install your own water heater, garbage disposal, or gas line, leave it to the professionals.
Is It Practical?
Do you have the equipment to do the repairs? Guaranteed, your plumber will have a full arsenal of tools—no worries about driving to a rental yard for a tool that you might need. Your plumbing company even has access to heavy equipment if needed. So yes, you can do some of your own plumbing, but is it practical, cost-effective, or efficient? Remember, you can replace money, but you cannot replace time.
Here are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself before starting any project: Do I have the necessary tools and equipment? Will it take valued time away from family? And most of all, is it safe for me to do it myself? You can’t replace the experience and education of a plumbing contractor. If you need a contractor that’s licensed, insured, and bonded, call Big B’s Plumbing today #986152. Big B’s Plumbing is an accredited A+ rated company with the Better Business Bureau.